Rock & Snow Field Trip (Saturday & Sunday)

Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course

Rock & Snow Field Trip (Saturday & Sunday) - Stevens Pass Ski Area

Day 1 of 2 for a full weekend of back-to-back field trips to learn and practice rock and snow travel techniques. The Snow Field Trip will occur at Stevens Pass (US Hwy 2), either in the ski area or across the highway on Skyline Ridge. The Rock Field Trip will be held closer to Seattle (see Meeting Place and Time). Meeting times and other details will be updated before March. Registration for Saturday, will assume Sunday's attendance as well.

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  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft

Meeting time: The meeting time for each day and other details will be updated before March.

The Snow Field Trip portion of the weekend will be conducted at or in the immediate vicinity of Stevens Pass Ski Area, US Hwy 2.  If the ski area has closed for the season, we will practice in the ski area (Cowboy Mountain or alternative route within the area); if not, we will practice on Skyline Ridge, directly opposite the ski area.

The Rock Field Trip portion of the weekend will be conducted at a site closer to Seattle, either Mt. Erie (Anacortes WA), Dirty Harry's (west side of Cascade Crest, along I-90), or the lower sections of the route on Merchant Peak (along Hwy 2, west of the Pass) -- depending on weather, availability, etc.

NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING will be required on Saturday night.

 This will be a full weekend with two days to learn and practice rock and snow travel techniques.

During the Snow Field Trip, you will learn and practice these snow travel skills:

  • Ascending and descending on steep snow
  • Crampon use
  • Ice axe self-arrest
  • Glissading 

During the Rock Field Trip, you will learn and practice these rock travel skills:

  • Climbing and down-climbing fairly steep rocks faces and slabs.
  • Traveling in boulder fields, talus and scree.
  • Protected down-climb techniques 
Route/Place

Stevens Pass Ski Area



  • USGS Stevens Pass

    USGS Labyrinth Mtn

    Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
  • See full route/place details.
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Gear required for an actual Scramble trip.

See Course Handbook.

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